Is World Peace Possible?: A Soldier’s Perspective
Author and Iraq war veteran Paul K. Chappell will speak, followed by a Q&A session. Proceeds benefit the Nuclear Peace Foundation.
When: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, 7 p.m.
Where: Ayni Gallery, 216 State St., Santa Barbara
Cost: $10 - $15
Age limit: Not available
The son of a career soldier who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, Chappell has studied war from the viewpoint of a soldier, a strategist, a philosopher, and a victim of war’s collateral damage. Although he was often the target of his father’s post-combat rage and paranoia, the young Chappell nevertheless chose to pursue a military career, graduating from West Point in 2002 and serving in Iraq as an army captain in 2006. Yet even as he volunteered for Iraq, Chappell was starting to doubt that war was ever going to bring peace—in the Middle East, or anywhere else.
A year later, while still an active-duty officer, he published his first book, Will War Ever End? A Soldier’s Vision for Peace in the 21st Century. “I am twenty-eight years old,” he wrote, “and I have been obsessed with the problem of war for most of my life.” He went on to write The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future. His third book, Peaceful Revolution, was released in February 2012. His books have been praised by luminaries from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Howard Zinn, and appeal to liberals, conservatives, veterans, and civilians.
Now the Peace Leadership Director at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Chappell gives more than 100 talks a year—at universities, peace conferences, and Veterans Day events, as well as on radio and national television—presenting compelling evidence that human beings are not naturally violent; war is not inevitable; and it does not make us safe.
His message is needed now more urgently than ever.
Event posted Sept. 19, 2012
Last updated Sept. 19, 2012